Northern Ireland

Martin McGuinness has not told the whole truth - bomb victim claim

The son of a man killed in the Claudy bombings has said he does not believe Martin McGuinness has told the whole truth.

Gordon Miller, whose father David was killed in the 1972 bombings, also said he did not want to meet the Sinn Fein MP.

Mr McGuinness has said he would be prepared to meet the victims' families.

This follows his admission that he once visited Fr James Chesney, a priest suspected of involvment in the attack.

He had previously denied meeting Fr Chesney but has now said he "forgot".

Mr Miller said he would not agree to be "in the same building" as Martin McGuinness.

However, Ulster Unionist councillor Mary Hamilton, who was injured in the Claudy bombings, said she did want to meet the deputy first minister because she had questions to put to him.

She said that if he had forgotten his meeting with Father Chesney it was possible he had also forgotten "other things".

"If we were all sitting around a table talking to him maybe we would be able to jog his memory...because I really can't believe that was eight miles down the road and didn't know what was happening in Claudy."

Ms Hamilton added that he "owed it" to the victims' families to sit with them and answer their questions.


The First Minister Peter Robinson said he was "glad" that Mr McGuinness was willing to meet the Claudy victims' families.

He said he hoped the deputy first minister would be "as forthcoming in those meetings as his memory will allow".

Mr Robinson said it was clear the victims had questions to be answered over the Claudy bombings.

But he added: "I am one of those who will be sceptical about the extent to which they will get the full details from anybody from the republican movement."